Bromelain, the Natural Painkiller for Inflammation, Digestion, Bruisin

| Modified on May 05, 2021
Bromelain Health Benefits

Bromelain is an enzyme that naturally found in pineapple. This safe and inexpensive natural remedy is used for many different health problems, from bruising to cancer. It is also an effective natural painkiller, according to Earth Clinic readers.

Bromelain also helps break down protein. This makes it helpful for a variety of digestive complaints including heartburn, acid reflux, and colitis.

Bromelain for Inflammation

The most common reason people take bromelain is to reduce inflammation.  Bromelain's anti-inflammatory effect makes it a useful remedy for a multitude of health problems caused by inflammation, including the following conditions:

  • asthma
  • allergies
  • joint pain
  • trigger finger
  • TMJ
  • hives
  • arthritis
  • sciatica
  • carpal tunnel

Effective Natural Painkiller

Billions of dollars are spent each year on pain medications. Unfortunately, pain medications, even over-the-counter pain medications are not without side effects. Frequent or overuse of pain medications can cause serious health problems, including liver damage and kidney damage. Prescription pain medication can become addictive. Overuse of pain medication can even cause death.

Many people are finding that bromelain reduces pain and inflammation as effectively as over-the-counter and prescription medications. Bromelain carries a lower risk of side effects and brings no risk of addiction.

Bromelain is even used post-operatively to reduce pain in some cases instead of prescription pain medications. Its reputation for reducing bruising makes it especially appealing for some types of surgery.

Where Can I Get Bromelain?

A purist will want to get his bromelain straight from the source - the pineapple. You can consume pineapple juice or you can eat pineapple. The highest concentration of bromelain is in the core.

For most people who wish to take bromelain on a regular basis, however, bromelain capsules can be taken.

How to Take Bromelain

For pain and inflammation, bromelain is taken once or twice a day on an empty stomach. For digestive problems, bromelain is taken with meals.

Side Effects of Bromelain

Bromelain is not for everyone. If you are allergic to or sensitive to pineapple, you should avoid bromelain.

Bromelain has also been known to cause hives, nausea, heart palpitations, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Because bromelain has blood-thinning properties, it can increase menstrual bleeding.

If you take blood thinners or have a blood disorder, bromelain may not be appropriate for you.

If you want to take bromelain for pain after surgery, you should check with your surgeon to make sure it is compatible with any other medications you are taking post-surgery and to make sure its blood-thinning properties would not interfere with your healing.

Have you tried bromelain? We would love to hear from you!

Related Links:

Holistic Chronic Pain Management: Natural Therapies and Supplements
Joint Pain: Top Natural Remedies
Natural Remedies to Treat Inflammation

Chronic UTIs

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Posted by Vicki (Arizona) on 04/16/2021 4 posts

Seven or eight years ago, I paid a nurse on the phone on the internet to help me she suggested I take bromelain and quercetin as I had had three and a half years of bloody UTIs! The doctors were no help at all. They kept giving me antibiotics, which never worked. One time I saw about a half an inch of sand in the urine cup. The lab never caught it and it never got recorded! So it could have been kidney stones!

The pain was so severe, it would put my blood pressure up into the stroke range. This was three and a half years of this! Never got any help from any doctors ever! Oh, actually there was one doctor he was a GYN and he prescribed estrogen cream to put up in the vagina every few days a very small amount and that helped tremendously.

Also several nurses said off the record they thought it was Interstitial cystitis since cranberry juice, even unsweetened, would make it worse!

The bromelain and quercetin pills were the answer! They are both enzymes. The bromelain is in the pineapple and green apples and red onions go on my salad with Romaine lettuce and flax seeds and whatever else I want to pile on there with real olive oil from either Italy or Israel and that red vinegar.

Of course, drink plenty of water 20 oz of water first thing in the morning 20 oz before bed and I'm a hundred 25 lb. If you're heavier, drink more. Also, another key is hydration very important hydration means eating the right foods. The minerals you need come from the foods, the water just carries helps carry it around. Drink a cup of water every hour, and don't drink out of plastic bottles.

Pineapples, Bromelain and Herbicide Residue

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Posted by Cris (Queensland) on 04/16/2021

Pineapples/ Bromelain. Bromelain, found in pineapples, is a very handy proteolytic enzyme used, often with papian another proteolytic enzyme which is derived from papayas, to break down the products of degradation of cancer so that they can be removed safely from the body.

However, conventionally pineapples are a crop that may stay in the ground for a number of years, and therefore extremely potent and long-lasting herbicides are often used when growing them.

It would be wise to source pineapples that are guaranteed to be free of toxic ag chemicals.